FIFA Quality Concept for Football Turf
FIFA, the F?d?ration Internationale de Football Association is an alliance governed by Swiss law founded in 1904 and based in Zurich. It has 208 member associations and its goal is the constant improvement of football. FIFA, the world’s football governing body has made it their mission to, “develop the game, touch the world, build a better future.”


 

 

Synthetic Pitch Testing
FIFA has obtained significant testing, medical research and player feedback in order to understand the playability, safety and performance of a perfect natural grass pitch. As a result, the FIFA Quality Concept was developed to identify the best artificial turf pitches. In fact, synthetic turf is now allowed in FIFA's Rules of the Game. A synthetic grass system can earn a FIFA Recommended Certificate through a FIFA Quality Concept licensee by proving through
extensive laboratory and field testing that it performs like natural grass.


 

 

Sport Performance and Quality Standards
ACT Global Sports fully supports the FIFA Quality Concept as the standards were based upon natural grassbenchmarks. ACT Global Sports uses these natural grass benchmarks in its product development, quality standards and sport performance test methods as they were based upon top professional natural grass stadiums. These methods employed by FIFA combine durability, climatic resistance, player-to-surface interaction and ball-to-surface
interaction standards. ACT Global Sports is proud be a licensee of the FIFA Quality Concept for Football Turf with both two star and one star installations.

 



 

 

Durability

1. Simulated Wear and Abrasion Resistance
The surface is artificially abraded (simulation of multiple years of wear) and tested for the following: Shock Absorption, Vertical Deformation, Vertical Ball Rebound, and Rotational Resistance.

2. Joint Strength
Measures the maximum force recorded to destroy the joints where they are sewn or adhered with adhesive.

3. Climatic Resistance
UV / Water / Heat - Measures the colour change, abrasion resistance and joint strength.

4. Shock Absorption and Vertical Deformation
Measures the impact absorption provided by synthetic turf to a player running or falling on as well as the foot stability of the surface as a player runs across it.

5. Rotational Resistance
Measures the interaction between the shoe sole and the surface of artificial grass relating to the ability of a player to change direction.

6. Slip Resistance Scale and Deceleration
Measures the ability of studs to slide through the surface without causing the player to slip over.
Slip resistance deceleration measures the deceleration experienced by the players shoe as it makes contact with the surface.
If the deceleration is too high, damages to joints and ligaments may occur.

7. Skin Abrasion/ Skin Friction
Measures the abrasiveness and friction of artificial turf on the skin of the player when sliding.

Ball / Surface Interaction

8. Vertical Ball Rebound
Measures how high the ball bounces when falling vertically onto a synthetic turf field.

9. Ball Roll
Measures how far the ball rolls onto synthetic grass compared to natural grass.

10. Angled Ball Behavior
Measures how the ball rebounds from an artificial turf surface when striking it at a shallow angle under dry and wet conditions.